I’ve had so many injuries in my life that it’s ridiculous.
If you want it bad enough, you’ll pass.
Families are like fudge—mostly sweet with a few nuts!
I’ve never really had a TV career. I’ve been a soldier and a climber.
Life has taught me to be very cautious of a man with a dream, especially a man who has teetered on the edge of life. It gives a fire and recklessness inside that is hard to quantify.
It’s unresolved conflict in my life that I have a lovely family and a risky job.
I don’t thrive on stress. I love lying on the deck on our houseboat reading a book.
At this point, my greatest enemy was myself. Self-doubt can be crushing, and sometimes it is hard to see outside the black bubble.
Being brave isn’t the absence of fear. Being brave is having that fear but finding a way through it.
Have faith and keep your hope up.
Life is about getting up again, dusting yourself down again, learning from the lessons and then pushing on.
I always wanted to be Robin Hood or John the Baptist when I was growing up.
I always had a really natural faith as a kid where I knew God existed.
Those who are positive, resourceful, courageous, and determined will emerge.
Sometimes an ember is all we need.
Smile when it’s raining.
Pack the right skills and the right attitude, and you won’t need much else.
That fine line between bravery and stupidity is endlessly debated – the difference really doesn’t matter.
Aim to live a wild, generous, full, exciting life—blessing those around you and seeing the good in all.
Dreams, though, are cheap, and the real task comes when you start putting in place the steps needed to make those dreams a reality.
You don’t often see Bear Grylls in a suit.
The truth is, I need 10 lifetimes to scratch the surface of the things I’d love to do.
I find skydiving really hard. I broke my back while skydiving when I was in the military, and for 18 months all my nightmares were about falling.
I wanted to work hard. I wanted to prove myself somehow worthy of the good things I had known.
That feeling when you’re so cold you’d give anything to be warm – I’ve had it before, literally huddled around a candle flame on an ice sheet.
You can’t become a decent horseman until you fall off and get up again, a good number of times. There’s life in a nutshell.
I learned another valuable lesson that night: listen to the quiet voice inside. Intuition is the noise of the mind.
There’s no magic to running far or climbing Everest. Endurance is mental strength. It’s all about heart.
Time and experience have taught me that fame and money very rarely go to the worthy.
Life rewards the dogged, not the qualified.
I think it’s fun running with dogs. They’re always so fit and fast.
Nobody wants to end up super-rich and famous – but divorced. I’m always clear on that and try to stay on the right side of the line.
As for my diet, I try to eat lean, clean and healthy – nothing too surprising. And I avoid too much meat or dairy because they slow you down.
And if you give your heart to a goal, it will repay you. It’s the law of the universe.
Survival is not about being fearless. It’s about making a decision. Getting on and doing it. Because I want to see my kids again, or whatever the reason might be.
I loved climbing because of the freedom, and having time and space. I remember coming off Everest for the last time, thinking of Dad and wishing that he could have seen what I saw. He would have loved it.
If you risk nothing, you gain nothing.
The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is just that little word – extra. Give that little bit extra.
I am not fearless. I get scared plenty. But I have also learned how to channel that emotion to sharpen me.
The greatest journeys all start with a single step.